The Department of Justice (DOJ) will probe alleged extortion by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after a complaint was filed by the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia.
The NBI is under the jurisdiction of the DOJ.
An order signed by Justice Secretary Leila de Lima created a special fact-finding committee to be headed by Assistant Secretary Zabedin Azis that will investigate the alleged extortion by NBI officials.
The Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia had sent letters to the Department of Foreign Affairs and to Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. complaining about the alleged extortionists, including a woman named “Arlene” or “Darlene.”
The alleged extortionists have victimized several Saudi Arabians, including Majdi Abdulhamed Yaghmoor, Hassand Alharbi, Ahmad Al Ghaneem and Farhan Alsolobi.
These Saudi Arabians were arrested on yet unknown charges but later on released by the NBI after alleged payment of cash ranging from P20,000 from Alharbi, P250,000 (Alsolobi) and P300,000 (Yaghmoor and Al Ghaneem).
The embassy said the victims were harassed by “several NBI personnel while they were inside the NBI premises purposely to follow up the cases of apprehended Saudi [Arabian] nationals.”
The fact-finding committee has been required to submit a report on its investigation on or before November 15, 2014.